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Love Free or Die

Love Free or Die focuses on Bishop Gene Robinson and a host of others whose lives hang in the balance of the church/state battles for LGBT equality.  The film won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for Grace Under Pressure at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Gene is the first openly gay partnered person to be consecrated a bishop in the three largest high church traditions of Christendom (Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Anglican).  His historic elevation by the Episcopal Church in America in June 2003 has caused controversy within the worldwide Anglican Communion and a constant stream of death threats to Gene and his family.  It has also changed the global landscape of religion and public life and the change continues daily (follow our Twitter feed: MackyAlston).

Director Macky Alston (Family Name, Questioning Faith) and Producer Sandy Itkoff (Cadillac Desert, The Killer Within, Defamation) have been traveling with Gene through this personal and historic journey. Love Free or Die follows Gene from his 2008 civil union to the Lambeth Conference that same year to Barack Obama's inauguration to the fight for gay marriage in New Hampshire to the 2009 Episcopal General Convention to the upcoming consecration of the second openly gay Episcopal Bishop, Mary Glasspool, this May.

At each of these events to date history was made.  These events will continue to determine the course of this country and the religious institutions within it and send a loud message to the world about human rights, faith and the full humanity of LGBT people.

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Help Macky and Sandy to document our history in the making.  Help them share the truth that will set us free.

Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and can be sent to Hartley Film Foundation.  100% of the funds will go toward finishing funds and outreach for Love Free or Die.  Checks should be written to AUBURN SEMINARY or HARTLEY FILM FOUNDATION (HARTLEY ONLY UNTIL DECEMBER 1), designated to "Love Free or Die" and sent to:

NEW YORK, NY  10115

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Auburn Update 

Love Free or Die premiered in  2012 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for Grace Under Pressure.

For More Information 

For more information, you can contact Laura Healy, Program Administrator at Auburn at:

Phone: 212-870-3155 or 212-662-4315
E-mail: [email protected]

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